Read Matthew 8:28-32 for an example of Jesus’ authority in the spiritual realm. Read Daniel 6:21-22 to see how God can provide supernatural protection for His followers.
Why do we sometimes overlook the spiritual forces at work in our lives? Why should we remember that God is the highest power in heaven and earth?
Recently, I watched a video titled The Unseen Sea. Sam Christen, the flick’s creator, presented a time-lapsed look at the atmosphere over San Francisco filmed from above the clouds. At times, the clouds appeared as amethyst vapor or cottony smoke taking the shape of ocean waves churning and sweeping over the city—seemingly to bury it like the doomed city of Pompeii.
Watching the video reminded me of all that happens in the unseen spiritual realm (Ephesians 6:12). The Bible gives us a peek at this hidden world in the book of Job where God and Satan engaged in a discussion. Their unusual chat shows that God was firmly in charge of the invisible world. When Satan challenged Job’s loyalty, God replied, “All right, you may test him” (Job 1:12). Satan had to get God’s permission—which came with limits—because God was (and is) running the show.
This comforts me when I consider the difference between “the accuser, Satan” (Job 1:6), and our heavenly Father. The contrast shows that good and evil really do exist. It’s God and His followers against Satan and his henchmen (Mark 9:40). The prevailing attitude of our age downplays this truth, suggesting that it’s acceptable and even hip to be associated with darkness.
Speaking of darkness, as Satan addressed God, he said, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on” (Job 1:7). Beyond this spine-tingling confession, we also know that Satan is actually “looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
To avoid becoming the devil’s main course, we need to remember to be strong in God, to pray constantly, and to use His armor as our defense (Ephesians 6:10-16). Then, when we are tested, we will not be swept away by the unseen but mighty powers of this dark world.
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Matthew 27:57-66
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